To mark the ascension of our new chancellor, Celeste Langan and I wrote an Op Ed for the Daily Cal. While we see the transition from a spiralist to a loyalist as a positive move, we warned of the dangers of pursuing a privatization program: the danger that it can lead to escalating costs and excessive administrative expansion (as it has done in the past) and the danger that it will redirect scarce resources away from teaching and research As her early statements indicate, Chancellor Christ seems aware of these dangers (see below). Still, the long-term viability of Berkeley as an outstanding public university will have to rest on public reinvestment which, in turn, will only take place if we can reverse the sliding public image of UC. For that we need our Chancellor to articulate and uphold a compelling vision of the university as a public good. The Op Ed is here.
Chair of the BFA.